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NFL Pickem Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition

My picks:

Lions by 2
Cowboys by 17 (lock)
Saints by 4
Bengals by 5
Colts by 3
Panthers by 7 (lock)
Titans by 5
Eagles by 7
Jaguars by 3
Texans by 7 (lock)
Broncos by 10 (lock)
Packers by 7 (lock)
49ers by 15 (lock)
Ravens by 12 (lock)
Washington by 3

After a couple of decent weeks, looks like I'm back in the relegation zone.

posted by bender at 09:52 AM on November 25, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 11: Cam Newton is Back Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 3
Bills by 7 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Browns by 10 (lock)
Titans by 14 (lock)
Packers by 6
Jets by 2
Saints by 9
Panthers by 5
49ers by 7
Raiders by 7
Chiefs by 2
Seahawks by 5
Chargers by 3
Buccaneers by 4

posted by bender at 02:58 PM on November 18, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 10: That Wasn't Taunting Edition

My picks:

Ravens by 13 (lock)
Cowboys by 5
Titans by 7
Colts by 14 (lock)
Patriots by 3
Bills by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 17 (lock)
Buccaneers by 7
Cardinals by 6
Chargers by 3
Broncos by 10 (lock)
Packers by 7
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Rams by 7

posted by bender at 10:08 AM on November 11, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 9: Mike White Edition

My picks:

Colts by 7 (lock)
Bengals by 7
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Dolphins by 2
Saints by 12 (lock)
Raiders by 5
Panthers by 7
Bills by 3
Ravens by 5
Eagles by 5
Chiefs by 7
Cardinals by 5
Rams by 3
Steelers by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 05:12 PM on November 04, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 8: Bungles No More Edition

My picks:

Cardinals by 7
Panthers by 4
Bills by 12 (lock)
Bears by 2
Browns by 6
Eagles by 14 (lock)
Titans by 20 (lock)
Jets by 3
Rams by 4
Seahawks by 17 (lock)
Broncos by 14 (lock)
Saints by 5
Vikings by 3
Chiefs by 13 (lock)

posted by bender at 07:14 PM on October 28, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 7: Thanks Brocephus Edition

Revised picks:

Packers by 014 (lock)
Titans by 3
Falcons by 5
Patriots by 3
Panthers by 010 (lock)
Ravens by 06
Raiders by 03
Rams by 021 (lock)
Cardinals by 027 (lock)
49ers by 09 (lock)
Seahawks by 07 (lock)

posted by bender at 07:59 PM on October 21, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 7: Thanks Brocephus Edition

My picks:

Browns by 6

posted by bender at 07:54 PM on October 21, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 3
Dolphins by 4
Packers by 12 (lock)
Bengals by 5
Colts by 8 (lock)
Rams by 6
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Vikings by 5
Ravens by 12 (lock)
Cardinals by 2
Broncos by 10
Patriots by 3
Steelers by 3
Titans by 7

posted by bender at 07:00 PM on October 14, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 3
Bengals by 5
Vikings by 12 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Washington by 5
Panthers by 14 (lock)
Titans by 3
Texans by 2
Raiders by 7
Browns by 3
Cowboys by 12 (lock)
Cardinals by 5
Chiefs by 3
Ravens by 14 (lock)

posted by bender at 10:48 AM on October 08, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 11:11 PM on October 06, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 2
Bills by 14 (lock)
Bears by 7
Cowboys by 5
Colts by 3
Browns by 3
Saints by 14 (lock)
Titans by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 4
Rams by 5
Seahawks by 3
Ravens by 7
Packers by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 5
Raiders by 4

posted by bender at 10:43 AM on October 03, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 13 (lock)

posted by bender at 08:50 AM on September 30, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

Revised picks:

Bills by 7
Browns by 10 (lock)
Ravens by 9 (lock)
Titans by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Saints by 6
Giants by 3
Steelers by 8 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Broncos by 3
Raiders by 7
Rams by 4
Vikings by 3
49ers by 5
Cowboys by 7

posted by bender at 10:11 AM on September 26, 2021

See Jordan Spieth's Moon Shot

Neat

posted by bender at 11:22 AM on September 25, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

My picks:

Texans by 2

posted by bender at 01:42 PM on September 23, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 2: Pay Chandler Jones the Money Edition

My picks:

Bears by 3
Browns by 7 (lock)
Colts by 3
Bills by 3
Patriots by 3
Eagles by 14 (lock)
Steelers by 6
Saints by 10 (lock)
Jaguars by 2
Cardinals by 5
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Cowboys by 4
Seahawks by 4
Ravens by 3
Packers by 3

posted by bender at 06:10 PM on September 17, 2021

Qualifier Emma Raducanu Wins U.S. Open

Wow! That is incredible. Congratulations to her!

posted by bender at 11:51 AM on September 12, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

My picks:

Buccaneers by 7
Falcons by 3
Bills by 7 (lock)
Vikings by 4
49ers by 5
Titans by 12 (lock)
Colts by 2
Washington by 4
Panthers by 2
Jaguars by 3
Chiefs by 6
Dolphins by 3
Saints by 6 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Bears by 3
Raiders by 7 (lock)

posted by bender at 05:18 PM on September 07, 2021

Bishop Sycamore, Patron Saint of Football

This Bishop Sycamore thing is wild. My friend sent me this article yesterday, also on Awful Announcing. This part particularly got my attention:

"They had an address that they reported to have school out of. I go to that address and no one is there. I ask the people there if they've ever heard of these people, and they said "No, never heard of them. There's no school here." Which led to them obviously being declared not a school for OHSAA purposes, and led to their school charter being revoked by the Ohio Department of Education."

posted by bender at 12:02 AM on September 02, 2021

Yankees Fan Throws Baseball at Red Sox Outfielder

Ridiculous

posted by bender at 12:27 PM on July 18, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Am I weird that every time I hear or read his name I sing "Ciro Immobile" to the tune of "La Donna e Mobile" to myself, and I wish someone would rewrite the rest of the song?

posted by bender at 10:53 AM on July 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"I was sure that Hovland, Korda and Steve Stricker were good bets," the unidentified bettor told Betfair. "But I was a little unsure on Harris English."

Baller.

posted by bender at 01:11 PM on June 30, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Wild results yesterday! Spain and France both blew 3-1 leads in the last 15 minutes? Switzerland showed me something I wasn't expecting yesterday--against a France squad that also seemed to be getting it together.

posted by bender at 09:45 AM on June 29, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

I much prefer a decision based on one team scoring more than the other versus an arbitrary road goals tiebreaker. And if it loosens up the first legs as Ricardo suggests, that, too, would be a win.

posted by bender at 08:08 AM on June 25, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I agree that for the length of CPR, I was not feeling optimistic. That is a very positive development.

posted by bender at 01:38 PM on June 12, 2021

Enter the European Soccer Pick'em on SportsFilter

Yeah, I would have liked if I at least had to click on something to see the percentages so that I wasn't swayed before I even considered it. Oh well. Let's go Poland!

posted by bender at 02:47 PM on June 11, 2021

Enter the European Soccer Pick'em on SportsFilter

In.

posted by bender at 03:05 PM on June 10, 2021

Enter the European Soccer Pick'em on SportsFilter

In.

posted by bender at 03:05 PM on June 10, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Science!

posted by bender at 08:56 AM on June 09, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I was watching, too, though not here (obvs). Very entertaining match, and certainly encouraging to come back from down twice. I don't want to read too much into a single result, but I think there's reason to be rather encouraged from this one, especially with such a young team.

posted by bender at 02:41 PM on June 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What's the opposite of TOOTBLAN?

posted by bender at 10:16 PM on May 27, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Capitals in 5
Predators in 7
Oilers in 5
Avalanche in 5
Lightning in 5
Islanders in 7
Canadiens in 7
Golden Knights in 6
Top goals: Ovechkin
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Golden Knights
Team giving up 0 goals: Capitals

posted by bender at 05:11 PM on May 19, 2021

Wild thangs: Double-A team draws 13 walks in an inning

I've been on the mound for one of those innings. Much lower stakes in my softball league, but I can only imagine how that feels in front of a stadium of fans.

posted by bender at 08:19 AM on May 10, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thanks, Howard_T. I always appreciate your insight in baseball rules/officiating discussions.

posted by bender at 05:03 PM on May 04, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

There's been a string of bad baserunning calls recently, but this one is a real head-scratcher. Also, what is the possible rationale that the runner's basepath is not reviewable--it's really frustrating when it's clearly wrong and they can't even look at it.

posted by bender at 10:24 AM on May 03, 2021

Will a 'Super League' blow up global soccer? Here's what we know after bombshell announcement

Holden, that rationale rings true to me. Do you (or anyone) believe that an alternative is plausible wherein La Liga merges with another league or two that similarly have a small number of teams who dominate--such as, say, French Ligue 1 and/or Portuguese Primiera Liga--to create a border-spanning league with a deeper and more competitive top flight that still administers in the same fashion as current leagues (i.e. 20 teams/38 match season and relegation/promotion)?

posted by bender at 11:23 AM on April 21, 2021

Mean Green Pitcher Strikes Out Every Batter in Perfect Game

I don't understand how this could happen:

NCAA records list two other pitchers with 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning game, but neither of those was a perfect game.

Dropped ball on strike three and the batter actually made it to first base? That's the only thing I can think of.

NoMich, I think this leaves open the possibility that some batter(s) reached base (by walk or hit), but that all 21 outs were recorded via strikeout.

posted by bender at 11:43 AM on April 12, 2021

Mean Green Pitcher Strikes Out Every Batter in Perfect Game

Say whaaaat?? Wow!

posted by bender at 11:39 AM on April 12, 2021

Baylor Bears Win First NCAA Basketball Championship

I agree beaverboard, you would think with all of the hoopla around March MadnessTM the NCAA would have produced something comparable with the crystal football for the basketball champions by now.

posted by bender at 09:19 AM on April 07, 2021

Jeff Bezos Looking at Buying Washington Football Team

If Amazons doesn't get traction, Bezos could name the team after another of his properties, the Washington Posts.

posted by bender at 02:29 PM on February 25, 2021

Edmonton's Ex-Eskimos Have 7 Possible Replacements

I have discovered the Delta State "Fighting Okra," so all is not lost on the Botanical Nomenclature front.

Unfortunately, Delta State is officially the Statesmen, and only unofficially the Fightin' Okra. It's high time they drop the pretense and officially adopt the latter, if you ask me.

posted by bender at 03:57 PM on February 10, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 7 (lock)
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: Leonard Fournette
Receiver: Travis Kelce
Player with interception: Sean Murphy-Bunting
Player with sack: Sean Murphy-Bunting
Player with first turnover: Tyreek Hill
Super Bowl MVP: Leonard Fournette
Tiebreaker: 57

TB 37-30 KC

posted by bender at 05:10 PM on February 07, 2021

Tom Brady Leads Buccaneers to Super Bowl 0x37

Between the Lightning's Stanley Cup, the Rays' trip to the World Series, and now the Bay Buccaneers going to the Super Bowl (In their house!), it has been a truly exceptional year for sports in Tampa.

posted by bender at 10:01 AM on January 25, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

My picks:

Packers by 7 (lock)
Bills by 4 (lock)
Passer: Josh Allen
Rusher: Aaron Jones
Receiver: Stefon Diggs
Player with interception: Darnell Savage

posted by bender at 09:43 AM on January 23, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Divisional Round

My picks:

Packers by 7
Bills by 10 (lock)
Browns by 3
Saints by 12 (lock)
Passer: Drew Brees
Rusher: Aaron Jones
Receiver: Travis Kelce
Player with interception: Darnell Savage

posted by bender at 12:22 PM on January 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Browns fans are feeling pretty special this morning

*Not related to Bill Belichick

posted by bender at 09:04 AM on January 11, 2021

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bills by 7
Seahawks by 10 (lock)
Buccaneers by 4
Titans by 7
Saints by 12 (lock)
Browns by 2 (lock)
Passer: Drew Brees
Rusher: Derrick Henry
Receiver: DK Metcalf
Player with interception: Carlton Davis

It's Bender's time to shine! Go Titans!

posted by bender at 08:59 AM on January 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Champion: Truthhurts

Is second Costanza in the relegation zone? /asking for a friend

posted by bender at 03:55 PM on January 04, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 17: Mason Rudolph Edition

One quirk of our scoring system I discovered while investigating Bender's week 15 score is that no player can get a negative score for a week. If you blow so many locks that you'd have a score below 0, it is saved as 0.

Ha! I didn't even bother to tally them up and see that my score was negative.

posted by bender at 12:47 PM on January 03, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 17: Mason Rudolph Edition

My picks:

Bills by 12 (lock)
Ravens by 6
Browns by 7 (lock)
Vikings by 7
Jets by 2
Giants by 3
Buccaneers by 4
Packers by 10 (lock)
Raiders by 7 (lock)
Colts by 14 (lock)
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Cardinals by 3
Seahawks by 6
Saints by 10 (lock)
Titans by 10 (lock)
Eagles by 2

posted by bender at 03:21 PM on December 31, 2020

Washington Releases Dwayne Haskins

I guess we'll see if releasing him gives him the needed kick in the pants to find some maturity. With another COVID protocol violation, WFT didn't really have much choice here--though perhaps it was also a convenient excuse to unload him after underwhelming performance.

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on December 28, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 16: J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets Edition

I was about to complain about how you must have missed my picks last week to record a 0"turns out they were just turrible.

posted by bender at 02:08 PM on December 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 16: J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets Edition

My picks:

Saints by 13 (lock)
Lions by 3
Cardinals by 7 (lock)
Raiders by 17 (lock)
Chiefs by 15 (lock)
Browns by 7
Steelers by 4
Bears by 6
Ravens by 12 (lock)
Texans by 12 (lock)
Chargers by 5
Panthers by 3
Eagles by 7
Seahawks by 4
Titans by 3
Bills by 10

posted by bender at 02:07 PM on December 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 15: Packers Tiebreaker Edition

I was about to complain that you must have missed my picks last week for me to score 0"turns out my picks were just turrible.

posted by bender at 02:04 PM on December 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 15: Packers Tiebreaker Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 04
49ers by 10 (lock)
Titans by 12 (lock)
Colts by 7
Dolphins by 2
Vikings by 5
Washington by 3
Ravens by 13 (lock)
Rams by 27 (lock)
Cardinals by 4
Saints by 3 (lock)
Browns by 7
Steelers by 12 (lock)

posted by bender at 09:25 PM on December 19, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 15: Packers Tiebreaker Edition

My picks:

Raiders by 9 (lock)

posted by bender at 09:28 AM on December 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thumbs up

posted by bender at 10:02 PM on December 14, 2020

Cleveland Indians Are Dropping Their Name

Hey, 2020 hasn't been all bad. And Cleveland Spiders is fine by me.

posted by bender at 10:40 PM on December 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Columbus Crew had already overcome 8 postseason COVID-19 positives to advance to tomorrow's MLS Cup Final where they will meet the Seattle Sounders. Yesterday they announced that two of their most critical, Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos, will be unavailable.

posted by bender at 10:35 AM on December 11, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 14: You Caught That Tyreek Edition

My picks:

Rams by 12 (lock)
Texans by 2
Bengals by 3
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Buccaneers by 5
Panthers by 3
Titans by 7
Raiders by 6
Seahawks by 20 (lock)
Lions by 3
Saints by 5
Chargers by 2
49ers by 10 (lock)
Bills by 2
Browns by 3

posted by bender at 05:38 PM on December 09, 2020